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Addiction - 1985 Get Hooked

ARTIST: Addiction
ALBUM: Get Hooked
LABEL: Independent Records
SERIAL: 85-01
YEAR: 1985


LINEUP: Geno - vocals, bass * Kip - guitars, vocals * Dave - keyboards, vocals * Joe - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shadow Dancer * 02 Talk To You * 03 Desire * 04 Nostalgia * 05 Insanity * 06 Beware Of The Wizard * 07 Radio Beat

I don't know a lot about these guys, but as a result of their one-off seven track album 'Get Hooked', Addiction have a rightful place here at GDM. First mentioned in the very first edition of AOR Classics Magazine Issue 1 (the very first review in fact), Addiction come across as a glam outfit, perhaps akin to Angel or Jag Wire, but their glam pretensions are booted out the door when the vinyl is slapped on the turntable. Bands such as Day One, Fusician, Dreamer all get a look in. So it appears Addiction are in esteemed company, but it's not all a bed of roses. On occasion, the band fall victim to the over-produced phenomenon that was the recording studio in 1985. Some of the arrangements border on cringe-worthy, but elsewhere these guys deliver a solid package belying their status as an indie band. Yep, no big budgets here, so on that front, they should be commended.

The Songs
Let's tuck in on the good tracks. 'Talk To You' is an impressive clean cut slice of AOR, with sharp keyboard lines, and a good chorus. 'Desire' is a restrained 'slow burner' sort of tune, but unlike the title, probably needed to demonstrate more desire to sound convincing.'Nostalgia' has a lean structure that could be Novo Combo in places, Life By Night in others parts. Nice track. 'Insanity' took a while to warm up, but delivers a promising sound, not unlike the aforementioned Angel. Now the not so good. Opener 'Shadow Dancer' is full of 80's pop and rhythms and is not a good representation of the band, considering this is the first track we hear. Pass. Meanwhile it's hard to describe 'Beware Of The Wizard'. Is not supposed to be pomp, prog, or fantasy folk? Hard to know. Doesn't hit the mark with me unfortunately. As for the closer 'Radio Beat', this is such a confusing arrangement, the drums and percussion stumble over each other like dominoes in a darkened room, and the chorus is the most annoying thing I've heard in a long time.

In Summary
We must keep it in perspective that this is an indepdent release, and as such, doesn't have the same full sounds of a major release. There are some good moments, but not enough for me to walk away and say 'wow, that was cool.. let's play it again'. Certainly, for fans of those aforementioned bands.. you might get some mileage out of it. I would like to know more about these guys, but there is next to nothing on the Internet that I can find that is useful, unless you are writing an essay on substance abuse, as that is what a google search on 'Addiction' and 'Get Hooked' seems to display.. lol!

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#1 | rostoned on March 13 2015 13:16:49
check out this interesting Facebook page about Addiction run by the guys themselves with many live pictures of the day, memorabilia etc.! music

#2 | super80boy on April 03 2016 16:02:42
Addiction was a San Francisco band that consistently played the local club scene, in fact from the press materials included in my vinyl copy, the band played 6-7 times a week and made their entire living playing in the band. Keyboardist and vocalist (Dave) founded the band in 1981 and was also the creator of their label Independent Records. 'Nostalgia' is a standout with its mid-paced melodic arrangements. I like that the band try and kick it up a notch with the harder edged 'Insanity'.
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